9th Circ. Nixes Mont. Forest Plan Over Bad Analysis

Law360, New York (March 9, 2010, 7:24 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court decision and tossed the U.S. Forest Service's plan to allow livestock grazing in a Montana forest because of the agency's purportedly faulty analysis of sage grouse — a decision that could hamstring the agency's future forest planning, a dissenting judge warned.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with environmental group the Native Ecosystems Council and overturned a USFS plan that would allow some livestock grazing in the Antelope Basin/Elk Lake project area, part...
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